Executive Committee biographies
The Executive Committee consists of the Management Board members and three other senior executive leaders. Find out their bios below.
Benjamin Loh - Chairman of the Management Board, President and CEO
Mr. Loh was appointed as Chair of the Management Board and President and Chief Executive Officer on May 18, 2020, for a period of four years.
Mr. Loh worked for Oerlikon Corporation from the late 1990s until 2005. He became senior vice president in 2002 and was responsible for Asia until 2005. He then joined Veeco Instruments Inc., an American thin-film process semiconductor equipment manufacturer, as senior vice president and general manager for Asia, before becoming executive vice president responsible for global field operations. In 2007, he moved to FEI company as senior executive, holding various positions responsible for sales and service, global business operations, and finally as chief operating officer.
In 2015, Mr. Loh joined VAT Vacuum Valves, based in Switzerland, as executive vice president and member of the Group Management Board, where he was responsible for and led worldwide sales and marketing until late 2017. Mr. Loh is a non-executive director of ASMPT, and in the past also held positions as non-executive director in several companies (Schneeberger, Schweiter Technologies AG, and Liteq BV). He was also an advisory board member of Semi China.
Mr. Loh has a wealth of experience working in the electronics and semiconductor industry, and vast experience as a leader. Mr. Loh has a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering from the Tohoku University in Japan.
He is of Singaporean nationality, but has spent the last 30 years living mostly outside of Singapore – in Japan, Hong Kong, China, the UK and the US.
Paul Verhagen - Member of the Management Board and CFO
Mr. Verhagen was appointed as member of the Management Board with effect from June 1, 2021 by the Annual General Meeting of May 17, 2021. Following this appointment, he was appointed as CFO from June 1, 2021 by the Supervisory Board.
Mr. Verhagen has a proven track record and background in Dutch listed companies and the electronics industry. He made a career within Royal Philips – starting in the early 90s and until 2013, he fulfilled numerous executive positions in the Netherlands, the US, Hong Kong, and China.
His last two assignments – from 2007 until 2013 – were as executive vice president and CFO of Philips Consumer Lifestyle, and executive vice president and CFO of Philips Lighting. In 2014, he became the CFO and member of the Management Board of the Dutch stock listed company Fugro N.V.
Mr. Verhagen is a non-executive director of ASMPT Ltd. He is a Dutch national, holds a Master of Business Administration degree, and has a post-graduate degree as Chartered Controller.
Hichem M'Saad - Member of the Management Board and CTO
Mr. M’Saad was appointed as a member of the Management Board and Chief Technology Officer as of May 16, 2022.
As CTO, Mr. M’Saad oversees ASM’s technical product portfolio, platform group, and future technologies and innovation. Mr. M’Saad joined ASM in 2015 as the senior vice president and general manager of the Thermal Products business unit. From 2019, he held the role of executive vice president and general manager of Global Products, including responsibility for developing ASM’s ALD, Epi, VF, and PECVD products. In addition, he has been instrumental in several of ASM’s successful new innovative products, including the Intrepid ES, Synergis, Previum, and A400 DUO.
Before joining ASM, he had a 15-year tenure with Applied Materials. He started his career as a process development engineer working on various dielectric CVD applications. He rose to the level of corporate VP and general manager of the Dielectric Systems and Modules (DSM) and the Chemical Mechanical Polishing (CMP) divisions. He also served as CEO of a start-up in the solar photovoltaic industry for six years.
Mr. M’Saad received a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, a master’s degree in materials science & engineering from Cornell University, and a PhD in electronic materials science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has written 57 technical articles and holds nearly 200 granted patents. He is a US and Tunisian national.
Brian Birmingham - Senior Vice President Global Sales
Mr. Birmingham serves as Senior Vice President Global Sales. He joined ASM in May 2021. Brian has more than 26 years of experience in the semiconductor equipment industry. He has a strong track record working with customers’ R&D teams to capture new applications and grow business across the American, Asian and European customer base. Prior to joining ASM, Brian spent 20 years with Lam Research & Novellus Systems (acquired by Lam in June 2012).
His most recent assignment with Lam was as corporate VP and general manager responsible for the relationship with a major memory manufacturer in China. Previously, he held positions as VP global field development, and VP/GM of major semiconductor manufacturers in both memory and logic/foundry. Brian worked in both Japan and Taiwan as vice president business development.
He has a master’s degree in systems engineering from the University of Southern California, and a bachelor’s degree in general engineering/management studies from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is a US national.
Ralph Otte - Corporate Vice President Global People
Mr. Otte serves as Corporate Vice President and Chief People Officer. He joined ASM in 2013. Ralph has a proven track record and background in a variety of industries and within listed companies. After graduating from the Royal Military Academy in the Netherlands in the late 1980s, he began a career with the Royal Netherlands Air Force. From 1993, he held various senior HR positions in specialized healthcare, and led a merger and integration between three healthcare organizations.
He then moved to Accenture as a strategy consultant, specializing in organization and change strategy. From 2000 until 2010, Ralph held various executive HR leadership positions at ASML, before transferring to DAF / PACCAR to become a member of their management team, responsible for HR.
Ralph has a master’s degree in human resources, and an executive master’s in financial economics, both from the University of Tilburg. He also completed the post-graduate master’s program in executive change management at Sioo in Utrecht. He is a Dutch national.
Kent Rossman - Senior Vice President Global Operations
Mr. Rossman joined ASM in 2019, and served as the Corporate Vice President Global Spares & Services. He was appointed as an Executive Committee member of ASM International on February 1, 2022. As of February 1, 2023, he was promoted to Senior Vice President Global Operations.
Kent has more than 28 years of experience in the semiconductor equipment industry. Before joining ASM, he had a 26-year tenure with Applied Materials. He started his career as a process development engineer, working on various dielectric CVD film applications, and served in various capacities – from sales, to product management, to leading technology-development teams.
Within Applied, Kent rose to the level of vice president in charge of business management for chemical mechanical polishing and packaging, plating, and cleans product families, business development for new markets and alliances, and head of sourcing for the global services and spares group.
Kent has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota and holds 22 granted patents. He relocated from Silicon Valley, northern California, to Singapore in 2022. He is a US national.